The Outlier Formats of Creative Non-Fiction

The Outlier Formats of Creative Non-Fiction

What Are CNF Outlier Formats? I recently had the opportunity to take a six week course, learning about (and practicing) four outlier formats in the field of Creative NonFiction (CNF). The course is taught by author Nicole Breit, whose works have been published in Hippocampus and other CNF Magazines. The four outlier formats (so-called because they fall outside the norm) are: Flash Non-Fiction, Prose Poem Lyric Essay Hermit Crab Essay I found the course challenging, in a good way, and…

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Does Your First Sentence Come First or Last?

Does Your First Sentence Come First or Last?

  Since I read this quote I’ve been thinking about whether I write my first line first or after the last? Honestly, I think I always go back and make the first line better; but before I can do that I have to know the ending.

Finish the news article #challenge89

Finish the news article #challenge89

  You just read a news article about a woman you happen to know. The article begins: “That was the last time I saw her.” ¬†Finish the article, writing as much or as little as you’d like. Leave your article here in the comment box, on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #challenge89. (And jimeny! I may miss it if you’ve posted it on a blog or on FB where I can’t find it. If that’s so,…

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Write from the Heart

Write from the Heart

It’s so easy to get caught up in grammar rules and “how to” books that you can edit the heart out of your writing. No matter what writing is on your desk right now, don’t forget to leave in your heart. Yes, a reader really can tell the difference. When you write this week, before you close up for the day, read back over your writing and see if you can still see the heart.

Sometimes a Picture is Worth 10K Words – #challenge 88

Sometimes a Picture is Worth 10K Words – #challenge 88

I am just in love with pictures as I am with words. For this challenge, use any picture you choose and write a ONE WORD story. On Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #challenge88. I’ll post them here. Please upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram of Facebook so we can all enjoy your story. (I’m @nhendricksonauthor on Instagram, nhendrickson1 on Twitter)